Dean Warren O’Brien

April 25, 1932 – June 16, 2010

Dean Warren O’Brien passed away at age 78 on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in Buffalo, Minn., after a long battle with dementia. He was born in Waukesha on April 25, 1932, to Warren S. O’Brien and Elizabeth Jones O’Brien.

From the age of 10, he worked for his parents at O’Brien Photography Studios. He went to Carroll College for two years, then left Waukesha to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and doctorate degrees. He was a newspaper reporter in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin before becoming a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

During the Korean War, he was a Marine lieutenant responsible for training troops and writing the history of Camp Pendleton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Polly; and their two sons and families, Colin (Nora Cecchini), of Madison, and Tim (Mary Claire, Dylan and Phoebe) of Rockford, Minn.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Park Terrace/Park View Ministry Center, 200 Park Lane, Buffalo, MN 55313.